City sounds off on noise complaints

Mindarie construction
Mindarie construction

CONSTRUCTION activity at a multi-storey apartment block in Mindarie has not exceeded noise limits, according to the City of Wanneroo.

In last week’s Times, residents said they were not satisfied that their complaints about ongoing issues such as noise, litter and parking at the Bristol Lane building site had been addressed.

The City’s acting city business director Michael Penson said they received five registered complaints in 2014 and one in 2013, but some residents contacted the City directly via phone or email rather than using the formal complaints process.

‘The main complaints have been around noise, parking and dust,’ he said.

‘The City installed noise meters in a number of dwellings to assess noise levels and to date, no recordings have exceeded the limits.

‘Parking officers regularly patrol the area; while a number of trade vehicles are parked on the streets and parking bays, they are parked in accordance with the City’s laws.

‘The City is investigating the option of issuing parking permits for residents and implementing parking restrictions.’

Mr Penson said a construction management plan required vehicles to park inside the site when possible and in the apartments’ car bays once built.

‘If required, subcontractors will use the public carpark adjacent to the boat ramp, off Portrush Way,’ he said.

‘There have been instances where this has occurred, however the majority of drivers choose to park on the streets in the immediate vicinity and these bays are available for public use.’

Mr Penson said while dust was typical from this type of construction, staff had worked with the site’s project manager to decrease dust. He said residents who had issues with building sites generally should contact the City, which would help manage the issue or refer it to the relevant party.

Pyramid Constructions started building the 44-unit building in August 2013, and recently extended the Bristol Lane road closure to October.

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